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Skook News Obituaries: August 10th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  August 10th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Kathleen Ann Risley, 74, of Barnesville, PA died on Friday, August 6, 2021 in Bethlehem, PA. She was the wife of William P. Risley. 

Born in Shenandoah, PA on August 7, 1946, Kathleen was the daughter of the late John and Sophia (Cizek) Walashunas. A graduate of Mahanoy City High School and the Frankfort School of Nursing, she worked as a Registered Nurse at the former Coaldale State General Hospital. 

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


Gary L. Kramer, 82, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Monday, August 9th, at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg.

Born in Pottsville on May 31, 1939, he was a son of the late Merrit & Eleanor (Butz) Kramer.

He was the husband of Patricia Ann (Glore) Kramer. The couple was married 56 years.

Gary was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 - 1960.

Gary was a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, Schuylkill Haven.

He was formerly employed by the Berk-Heim County Home.

In addition to his wife, Gary is also survived by a son, Gregory, husband of Jennifer Kramer, of Pottsville; a daughter, Jodi Kramer, at home; granddaughter, Kennedy Kramer, a sister, Joann Rehrer, of Selinsgrove, and nieces & nephews.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven on Wednesday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Ted Rathman officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment with military honors will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

At the family's request, memorial donations may be forwarded to Grave Evangelical Congregational Church, 15 Earl Stoyer Dr., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


Paul “Uncle Buck” Sedar, 87, Frackville passed away on Saturday, August 7th at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born in Frackville, he was a son of the late Michael and Eva Machita Sedar.

Paul was a United States Army Veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Marci and a son Jeffrey Sedar.

Paul is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.


Nick Ossman, 89, formerly of St. Clair and Rutledge, Pa passed away peacefully Saturday August 7 at rose court at Maris Grove, Glen Mills.

Nick was married to Gerri Ossman for 60 years. He graduated from East Stroudsburg State and received a Master’s Degree from Villanova University.

Nick taught Science at E.T. Richardson Middle School in Springfield, Pa for 31 years. He was actively involved as a Rutledge Borough councilman for 11 years and was inducted in the Rutledge Borough Hall of Fame in 1996. Nick was a loving husband, a family man and a devout catholic. He enjoyed duck carving and was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan.

Nick was preceded in death by his wife Gerri; son, Richard and brother David.

Nick is survived by daughter Theresa Ford; sons, David, Nicholas, Joseph and Bernard; and eight grandchildren, Dana, Brienna, David, Zachary, John Joseph, Amelia, Julia and Xavier; and a brother Len.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday in St. Ann roman Catholic Church, Frackville. relatives and friends are invited to a visitation Friday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Albert L Gricoski Funeral Home, 48 N. Broad Mountain Ave., Frackville, PA


Nellie Schlorff
, 90, of Lavelle, PA passed away Monday, August 9, 2021 at Phoebe Wyncote Nursing Home, Elkins Park, PA. Born November 17, 1930, in Lavelle, PA, the daughter of the late William and Ethel (Llewellyn) Schlorff.
She was a graduate of Ashland High School, and a member of Christ’s United Lutheran Church, Ashland, PA. After a combined 40 years of service to Ashland National Bank and Pennsylvania National Bank, she retired on January 4, 1993. She loved browsing at area stores and malls, and was always happy to talk to anyone. She was thoughtful, and ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed at church or in the community. Her presence will be deeply missed by all of those whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her nephew Brian Schlorff, his wife Jaime, and their children, Ellery and Michael.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Christ’s United Lutheran Church, 437 Airport Road, Ashland, PA with Rev. Laura Csellak officiating. Interment at Sunnyside Cemetery, Lavelle, PA. Visitation on Saturday from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Christ’s United Lutheran Church, 437 Airport Rd, Ashland, PA 17921.

Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.


Lucille J. Romberger, 90 of Schuylkill Haven passed away Monday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Orwigsburg.

Born June 15, 1931, in Summit Station she was the daughter of the late Joseph M. and Isabel Schaller Reber.

Lucille worked at the Walk-In Shoe factory throughout her life.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Schuylkill Haven.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth who passed away in 2018.

She is survived by her son Wade Romberger of Auburn and three grandchildren, Emily, Hannah, and Hunter along with many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place on the grounds of Schuylkill Memorial Park. Grabowski Funeral Home, Schuylkill Haven is entrusted with the services. Memories and condolences can be shared at


John M Miller, Sr.
, 55, of Buck Run, passed away suddenly, Wednesday, August 4th, in South Windsor, Connecticut. 

John was born in Pottsville, Pa. on December 22, 1965, a son of the late Vera (Monti) and Edward Miller, Sr. He was the husband of Colleen Marie (Schweikert) Miller. He was employed as a Sprinkler Fitter for S & S Shambaugh & Sons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Julie Cooper and a brother, Edward Miller Jr. John enjoyed fishing, camping and mostly spending time with his family. He was an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports teams. 

John is survived by his wife, Colleen, five daughters, Kristina, wife of Terry Fronk, Yvonne Miller, Rachelle Miller, Rebecca Schweikert, and Nina Miller. A son, John M. Miller Jr. 

John is also survived by two sisters, MaryAnn Renninger and Barbara Zemantauski, two brothers, Stevie Matz and Tony Matz. He is also survived by grandchildren. Joseph, Breonna, Miley Miller, Bryce Brown, Parker and Landon Fronk, and a Brother in Law, Edward Schweikert. 

At the request of the family all visitation and services are private. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.